With SD-WAN, Don’t Forget Performance
With SD-WAN, Don’t Forget Performance
/ Aug 5, 2016 0 COMMENTS

The enterprise WAN has always been challenging to manage. It can be complicated, slow to reconfigure, lack security and many applications perform poorly over it. High service costs, capEx and opEx while performance and manageability remained an issue – a regular lose-lose. But then along came the software defined WAN – the solution to all…

Standardization Is The Key To SD-WAN Success
Standardization Is The Key To SD-WAN Success
/ Jul 11, 2016 0 COMMENTS

When it comes to IT projects — be they WAN or any other domain — there’s a general rule of thumb that should be applied but often is not: if the solution is more complicated than the problem, then don’t do it. With many customers I’ve talked to about SD-WAN, the solution has indeed been…

Replication Acceleration Is Now Business Critical
Replication Acceleration Is Now Business Critical
/ May 12, 2016 0 COMMENTS

EMC World was held last week in Las Vegas, and as EMC has grown in size so has their annual event until it has become the key storage event in the industry. The theme of this year’s event was “Modernize” the data center, and almost all of the product announcements from EMC revolved around this…

Why It’s Risky To Not Deploy A Software Defined WAN
Why It’s Risky To Not Deploy A Software Defined WAN
/ Apr 21, 2016 0 COMMENTS

Whenever technology evolves from one thing to the next thing, there’s always a certain degree of perceived risk involved. Adopting new technology can disrupt workers because of a change in process, cause unnecessary downtime due to integration issues, or fail because it’s new and unproven. Because of these possibilities, many CIOs and other business leaders…

Prepping for Software Defined WANs
Prepping for Software Defined WANs
/ Mar 15, 2016 0 COMMENTS

Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) continues to pick up momentum as organizations look to evolve their networks to meet the demands of digital transformation, Internet of Things (IoT), and other trends. But how does one know that the business is ready to make this shift? An SD-WAN is significantly different than a legacy network and requires new…

Business Of All Sizes Should Make Multi-Cloud The Norm
Business Of All Sizes Should Make Multi-Cloud The Norm
/ Feb 19, 2016 0 COMMENTS

Many businesses, small- to mid-size ones in particular, strive to consolidate the number of vendors they use. Going to a single network, server, or storage provider creates “one throat to choke”, simplifies purchasing, and makes supporting the environment easier. It’s often normal to give every employee the same computer with the same software image on…

Every Business Should Do A Cloud Consumption Audit
Every Business Should Do A Cloud Consumption Audit
/ Feb 3, 2016 0 COMMENTS

The topic of WAN transformation has been a hot topic over the past couple of years. In fact, earlier this year, Mark Haranas, the fine reporter with CRN, recently authored an article declaring that 2016 would be a breakout year for SD-WAN. One of the biggest drivers of change in the WAN is, of course,…

Resolutions For Today’s Network Managers
Resolutions For Today’s Network Managers
/ Jan 12, 2016 0 COMMENTS

Happy New Year to WANSpeak readers! By now, I’m sure many of us have made a start on our annual resolutions. I’m sure Donald Trump has made a resolution to antagonize even more of the country, Michael Dell has likely resolved to make the Dell/EMC merger smooth, and I’m sure Tom Brady has resolved to…

More Thoughts on 2016’s Crystal Ball Networking Predictions
More Thoughts on 2016’s Crystal Ball Networking Predictions
/ Dec 29, 2015 0 COMMENTS

The year 2015 is almost in the books. That means it’s time to say, “I can’t believe the year is almost over,” and time for many of us in the industry to make some bold predictions as to what we think the future holds. I had intended to write a post with some standalone thoughts…

Is Hybrid WAN an Unnecessary Step to a Broadband WAN?
Is Hybrid WAN an Unnecessary Step to a Broadband WAN?
/ Dec 2, 2015 0 COMMENTS

A few weeks ago I presented on the state of Software-Defined Networks (SDN) at this years Open Networking User Group (ONUG) conference. During the section on SD-WAN I made a comment that I thought that hybrid WAN was an unnecessary step on the journey towards a broadband WAN. It appears I touched a nerve on…